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Children’s Party Budget-Friendly Ideas

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Kid’s party is the best time for parents to make the little ones happy and be lavished with special attention. However, as you write down your list, you must have realized how pricey it can be to make the event a lot more fun. You have to consider things like the entertainers, the giveaways, and venue and of course, the party food. To help cut a bit of your expenses, here are some suggestions for your child’s birthday party.

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Buy goodies in bulk. This is especially true when it comes to the party bags, hats and other tiny little things that kids love. However, avoid buying more than what you need for the party. You can’t say that you’re going to keep the excess for the next year. You’ll end up wasting your money, which ruins the purpose of buying in bulk.

Cut down your guest list. Ask your kid whom he wants to invite. Remember, this is not your part and your kid has a say on this. However, you have the power to control the number. Give your kid a limit, but let him decide on his own. Cutting down the number of guest is the easiest way to reduce the cost of the party.

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Go for finger foods. Let the children play as much as they want but don’t let them starve. For sure, you can barely ask them to sit and eat as they are busy playing with the others. You can actually have them eat and play at the same time by serving finger foods that they can grab wherever they go. How about hot dogs and mini pizzas? Cocktail samosas, pork fingers, and spring rolls are just among the many choices you have. You may serve them all with special themes.

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Some Helpful Tips to Find the Best Caterers

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Finding the best caterer is not easy as it is not something we normally do unless you are a professional event planner. Most people don’t really know where to start – how to find them? what to look for? Here are some tips that might help you. Remember, it can cost you an arm and leg when you end up working with just ANY caterers out there.

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  • Avoid the last minute search.
  • Although good caterers don’t have any troubles accepting last minute bookings, it is always best that you start your search early or preferably two months before your party. You need ample of time to polish the menu and other party details.

  • Estimate guests.
  • You have to come up with an estimate as to the number of guest such as 150 people or less. This is will help get quote fast and find a caterer who can accommodate this size based on your budget.

  • Eliminate the unfit.
  • Caterers have their specialties like serving only events like lunch meetings, corporate parties or business events. Get rid of caterers who focus on these areas if you are planning to hold a wedding party. Always ask the caterer what their area of specialty is, number of guests they can handle, how the food is served and menu. See if it matches your plan.

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  • Understand the venue site’s rules.
  • Venues have their own set of rules when it comes to holding an event. This may include no cooking, no barbecues, no flames and with limited number of guests. You have to know all these things before you make the final deal with a caterer. Some venues don’t even allow outside caterers.

  • Background check.
  • Check the caterers’ references and experience. You event must not be a disaster because you hired a wrong caterer. Narrow down your choices by eliminating those with bad track records. Ask friends or relatives who have tried their services. Check out their portfolio as well.

  • Decide.
  • It is important that you have a clear picture in mind on how your party must turn out. Do you want uniformed staff serving your guests or the casual buffet? How about a bartender? Or other unique ideas you think of?

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  • Request for estimate.
  • Since you already have the complete list of your party plan, it’s time to get a quote. Make sure though that you have set a realistic budget for the catering service. Don’t expect to get your dream menu at fast food price.

    Finally, close the deal with the caterer. Don’t forget to get all the details in writing. The best caterers would provide this to you without having to ask for it. It must contain what services they deliver and what services are not.

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    Finger Food For Party

    Monday, June 11th, 2012

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    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

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    Sydney BBQ Caterers

    Monday, March 26th, 2012

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    Catering for 21st Birthday Parties

    Thursday, January 20th, 2011

    21st Birthday Party Catering

    A person’s 21st birthday is one of the most important birthdays of them all. For that reason why not make it a day to remember by organising a reliable caterer to do the party food. My Caterer will provide you with 3 competitive quote for top caterers who specialise in Birthday Catering in the catering industry.

    We think that a theme makes the night more memorable since it gets people involved and makes the party distinctive. It helps with decisions about food and music. It can be used as a means of self-expression since it could bring out the personality of the party boy or girl. Just use your imagination! Here are some suggestions:

    • Casinos are a good theme because you can organise themed activities and games. Activities eliminate the boredom that mixed with alcohol leads to trouble.
    • Hollywood – Get some guests to be paparazzi outside and take photos of people as they arrive. Present a video of the guest of honour later and introduce it like a movie premiere.
    • Colours make good themes, so do letters of the alphabet. Usually the initial of the party boy or party girl’s first name.
    • 60s/70s/80s themes are good fun. Easy for everyone to costume and the music selects itself. The year the person was born is another possibility.
    • Pool parties, cruises and discos are popular. Here are a couple of more outrageous options: wedding theme, sci-fi, car rally, sleaze, progressive party…
    • Fancy dress (well obviously) but note that this might not work if everyone plans to party on afterwards somewhere else.

    Don’t forget the cake!

    This is probably the last birthday that you can put one candle for each year of age on the cake without hiding the cake completely. Go for it! Don’t forget, as well, the tradition of the “key to the door”. You could use this as a decoration, or even bake a cake the shape of a key.

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    Tips for a successful 21st Birthday Party

    Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

    Mr Finger Food has provided us with some tips to help you plan a special 21st birthday party. They presume you are organising a twenty first party for 40 to 100 people. For a larger event you might need a professional venue, security and perhaps a professional event organiser. Although day time parties are commonly easier to manage. Make sure that you check that the date doesn’t clash with other friends events or major concerts!

    1. Food service

    With a 21st birthday party it’s important that food is served as soon as guests arrive. This will put some limit on the impact of the alcohol. Serving finger food throughout the evening works very well at reducing any over-indulgence in alcohol. Its always important at a 21st for people to mingle and finger food works great for this while keeping catering costs under control. Mr Finger Food has some great finger food party packages which will be ideal for your party.

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    • Vegetarian spring rolls
    • Mini beef pies
    • Mini sausage rolls
    • Cocktail chicken dim sims
    • Mini pizza ham and pineapple /supreme
    • Grilled meatballs
    • Bite size chicken drums
    • Crispy fish cocktails

    8 items of finger food per guest
    A nice selection of finger food to please all the guests.

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    2. Tips on a theme

    A theme makes the night more memorable, gets people involved and makes the party distinctive. It helps with decisions about catering and music. It can be used as a means of self-expression by the party boy or girl. Are they outdoors types or intellectual types? What is their taste in TV/music/movies? Do they have a particular cultural interest or hobby that could be a theme? Use your imagination! Here are some suggestions:

    • Hollywood – Get some guests to be paparazzi outside and take photos of people as they arrive. Present a video of the guest of honour later and introduce it like a movie premiere.
    • 60s/70s/80s themes are good fun. Easy for everyone to costume and the music selects itself. The year the person was born is another possibility.
    • Fancy dress (well obviously) but note that this might not work if everyone plans to kick on afterwards somewhere else.
    • Colours make good themes, so do letters of the alphabet. Usually the initial of the party boy or party girl’s first name.
    • Casinos are a good theme because you can organise themed activities and games. Activities eliminate the boredom that mixed with alcohol leads to trouble.
    • Pool parties, cruises and discos are popular. Here are a couple of more outrageous options: wedding theme, sci-fi, car rally, sleaze, progressive party…

     

    3. Preparations

    Reduce stress: organise things well in advance. Book with a trusted caterer remember the sooner the better. Mr Finger Food has some great finger food deals which will be ideal for your party so book quickly to avoid disappointment. This includes all the catering and entertainment but also things like the memory board (a pin-up board full of photos) and the web page, if you’re putting one together. A 21st blog will help build excitement and can be used to host baby photos and party photos. Get all-inclusive quotes for everything (music, food, security, entertainment, equipment hire…) in writing well before the event.

     

    4. Briefing your son/daughter/parent

    Successfully navigating the 21st requires parents and the 21 year old to agree terms. The best time to do this is before a decision to proceed is made. The 21yo will want the parents to fund the event. The parents will want to be sure the party does not end in the Emergency Department of the local hospital or with the Police Tactical Response Group using tasers on the guests.

     

    Points of discussion usually include the number of guests, ending times, ground rules for speeches and sometimes include discussions about drug use. If the focus of the event is ‘a fantastic party with family and my best friends’ the conversation about numbers is irrelevant. It just needs a list of best friends. Hopefully your birthday son or daughter are among those mature enough to see beyond a contest to see who can throw the biggest party. The conversation about the party should be ‘how can we make this fantastically memorable without relying on alcohol or drugs’.

     

    The fact is, most kids by age 21 will have been to parties with alcohol or drugs, so if their 21st is to be special, it should be different to the normal parties they go to. The real difference is, this party is about them in particular, about their special friends and about becoming an adult.

     

    5. Security – Minimising risks

    Invitations are a necessity. They should be produced at the door. Names should be crossed off a list. Alternatively, send a security bracelet (a tamper-proof security band) with the invitation. This makes it easy for someone to control admission and drinks service. If you consider the security risk high, engage a professional security outfit. Ideally they would employ ex-police officers who understand how to handle conflict resolution. Invitations should specify a closing time. Remember that if you specify midnight, people will generally leave between then and 1AM.

    • Lock all doors.
    • Remove valuables from sight
    • Keep the entertainment going. Tips: dancing is great. Karaoke is great. Videos of the 21 year old are great. Gather everyone in for the speeches. Then let them spread out, then gather them in again for the cutting of the cake. It sounds mean, but regular interruptions reduce the risk of people getting up to mischief.

     

    6. Choosing a venue

    Home is cheap and may be your preferred option. But professional venues do clean up and they have a fixed closing time. It’s harder to get people to leave a domestic premises. Some venues will allow you to use your own caterers; others will insist you use theirs.

     

    7. Tips on managing emotions

    There are two sets of emotions to worry about here. The parents and the 21yo. Parents are often pre-occupied with the preparations of the event but on the day, when it comes time to give a speech, they are sometimes unexpectedly emotional. If you are uncomfortable with that, ask your 21 year old if you can practise your speech in front of them. Doing it privately a day before the event will let you be emotional without the onlookers and on the big day you’ll be less likely to break down. As a caterer for many twenty firsts I frequently see the birthday girl in tears at her own 21st birthday party. Before the event, she needs to read this:

     

    It’s a party, it’s not a test of your popularity. It doesn’t matter how many people turn up; it doesn’t matter who fails to turn up or who turns up with who’s boyfriend. The significance of this event is your adulthood. If anything goes wrong, you get to handle it like an adult, smile like a princess and move on to the next admirer. It’s not about THEM, it’s about YOU.

     

    8. Formalities

    The Key

    The handing over of the birthday key is a 21st tradition, symbolising the freedom to open new doors and accept new responsibilities. You can get a fresh key cut and put it in a nice presentation box or have one set in a necklace. Some people do the birthday cake in the shape of a key.

     

    The Gift

    Sometimes parents arranged a birthday gift and want to surprise their child at the event. The presentation would normally be made at the time of the speeches.

     

    The Speeches

    This lends a sense of occasion and again, makes the night stand out as something special. These days the format of the speeches is often less formal. It doesn’t have to be a long speech and should only be that if the parent is a very good speaker. One of the parents may want to mention the achievements of their child, what makes them special, what made the parents proud and publicly congratulate them on making it to adulthood, say that they love them and that they’ve done the best job they knew how as parents. It’s not necessary to tell funny stories. If the twenty one year old is sensitive about what might be said in the speech they should make that clear before the night. The birthday girl or boy should respond (brief is okay) by thanking the parents for emotional, financial support.

    9. Drinks Catering

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    Drink catering packages are now a very popular choice as hosts look to remove a few of those headaches when organising private catering for their function. Impress your guests and be the envy of your friends by having professional bartenders serve drinks in your home, hall, park, beach, surf club, front yard, back yard or roof top! Get a Drinks Catering Quote Now!

    10. Volunteer helpers

    One thing people often do at twenty firsts is enlist family and friends as support in the food service. There’s no doubt this is a great way to lower costs and it helps people mix. Passing around a tray of food gives the older generation an excuse to get to know some of the younger people. But here’s what happens: the family have three volunteers and hire one professional staffer through the catering company. The volunteers get caught up in conversation and because they’re volunteers, don’t worry too much about passing around the finger food! The professional staffer is run off her feet and guests complain about the food being absent or cold. If someone volunteers, get them to agree to work certain hours at 100% or hire an extra catering person.

     

    11. Remember to have fun!

    Employ professional people where you can afford them, plan well in advance, have clear communication with each other up-front and trust each other’s intuition. Congratulations!

     

    More questions??

    Just checkout Mr Finger Food website to make a birthday catering booking and a member of their professional team will assist you Mr Finger Food has some great finger food party packages which can be adapted for your party.